Our calculations are based on national data on living wage for families and individuals, provided through our partnership with the Economic Policy Institute. In our research we looked at data and surveys on teaching artist wages from various locations across the US to understand the landscape of wages that are actually offered, in combination with consultations with national arts education specialists on a wage range based on level of expertise and the size of the hiring organization, compared across sectors to other related professions.
We created a calculation based on several factors including your previous experience and education. For more information on this process, check out our blog here.
Note that this tool is a guide: for you as an individual to ascertain what a livable wage looks like in your region as you plan for your employment, fitting and balancing the pieces of your work as an artist, teaching artist, and any other work you may do. We hope it will give you a strong leg to stand on as you establish a wage for yourself.
It is also for organizations who hire teaching artists, and funders, to begin to calculate what they should be able to pay teaching artists to maintain and build a field of professionals, whose valuable work we can count on to bring the arts to all. We at TAG are well aware that these rates may be currently inaccessible to many small (and even larger) organizations.
We hope the calculator will act as a catalyst for the field. If we understand what a teaching artist ought to be paid, we can begin, as a field, to work towards a livable wage, stabilizing and strengthening the work teaching artists do in arts education, creative youth development, and arts in community, across the United States.